Seven die as tornadoes in the Southeast and historic sub-zero temperatures as far south as Texas.
Bad weather has also led to the elimination of COVID-19 vaccinations and continues to threaten vaccine supplies.
Hazardous weather will persist in many parts of the United States Tuesday through Friday. Up to 4 inches snow and freezing rain expected to come from the southern plains in the northeast, forecasters said.
“We call it the Storm 2 system with a location very similar to the previous hurricane,” said meteorologist Lara Pagano. It refers to a system that blew up the nation during the long President’s holiday weekend, throwing snow and ice from Ohio onto the Rio Grande.
Arctic air masses, which fell over much of the country, brought temperatures to historic lows on Tuesday, Pagano said.
In Lincoln, Nebraska, temperatures of -31 Fahrenheit on Tuesday broke the 1978 record of -18 degrees Fahrenheit.
In Dallas-Fort Worth, minus 1F (minus 17C) broke the 1903 record with 12F (minus 11C).
“That’s what people wake up to this morning: it’s dangerous,” says Pagano.
What happened in Texas?
In Texas alone, more than 4.4 million power outages have crippled. Authorities closed vaccination centers and scrambled to use 8,400 vaccines. Because they needed to cool below zero before failing after the emergency power plant went out. Therefore cans have sent to district hospitals and Rice University to inject into the arms of people who are already in those places and are not allow to drive on slippery roads.
Icy roads have been the cause of one in four deaths related to severe cold weather. The others were identified as homeless and two victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, said Art Acevedo, the Houston police chief.
In the southeast, a low-pressure system developed in the Arctic heats up storms that cause at least four tornadoes, said meteorologist Jeremy Grams of the Center for Storm Prediction at the Norman Meteorological Center in Oklahoma. One broke through the Florida panhandle Monday and two penetrated southwest Georgia.
The fourth, heaviest tornado left three homes dead and flattened after driving through Brunswick County, North Carolina, in the state’s southeast corner between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the local sheriff’s office previously announced.
After a brief lull on Tuesday allowing authorities to assess the damage, bad weather – including possible changes – will return from Wednesday to Thursday, Grams said.
“The same areas could be affected – including tornadoes and dangerous winds,” he said.